Opponents may have first been taken aback by young Tommy Campbell’s lack of stature in this photo from 1979, but he soon put that completely right by going on and becoming Class A Western District and Scottish Youth Champion at Bantamweight.
The slightly built 15 year old flew out to Canada in March 1979 along with 3 other boxers to take on members of a boxing club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The other boxers were all senior District Champions, so he was in good company!
Returning on 23rd March 1979, Tommy faced the prospect of defending his title the very next day. His coach, who also happened to be his father assured everybody that would be no problem. Tommy Campbell Senior said, “He is very experienced and isn’t too worried. He’s had about 80 fights and lost only 2.”
Tommy was a member of the Hoover Amateur Boxing Club in Cambuslang and a pupil at Calder High. As well as lessons from his father, Tommy also received coaching from Jim O Neil in Cambuslang, an ex professional boxing champion.
From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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